Archive: April 2014
Severe storms loom across central US this weekend
April 25, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ó A large section of the Midwest and South are at risk for strong tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding this weekend. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., advised residents to be aware that dangerous weather is on the way and to make sure that they can receive weather warnings during their weekend activities. Free weather Text Alert messages are available from Brownsville Radio.
Strong upper-level winds are forecast to move in from the west and merge with moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico, creating conditions that are favorable for tornado development.
Large hail and rain of up to several inches are also expected. The storms are forecast to start Saturday from Nebraska to Texas and move eastward through Monday.
Brownsville Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 26 At The Police Department – 118 N. Lafayette Ave.
April 23, 2014
Brownsville TN – On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Brownsville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Police Department at 118 N. Lafayette Ave.(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds – more than 1,700 tons – of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
High school students see graphic dangers of DUI today
April 23, 2014
On the high school parking lot today passers by may see a crashed car, medical helicopters, ambulances and even what appears to be young folks with serious injuries. Every year local authorities create a dramatic scene they hope will impress high school age students. It’s a mock car crash, theoretically caused by a drunk driver. The scene includes depiction of the serious if not fatal injuries drunk drivers cause.
The drill will take place about 10am this morning at Haywood High School.
Following the skit, TV 5ís Dave Brown will talk to seniors about the tragedy of drunk driving. Brown knows; a drunk driver in Shelby County killed his pregnant daughter a few years ago.
If Good Men Do Nothing author to sign books April 27
April 21, 2014
Meet J. E. “Joey” Parker, author of the newly published Christian fiction†If Good Men Do Nothing†Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. The author will be on hand to sign books and talk about his novel. Parker is a Haywood County native and former officer with the Brownsville Police Department.
A murder investigation entwined within the politics of a small, Southern town is the maze that Parker leads his readers through in his first novel, If Good Men Do Nothing.
The story follows Detective Sullivan ìVanî Hughes and his partner, Jefferson Douglass, as they wind their way through a series of obstacles in their search for answersóboth about the crime and themselves.
Their day-to-day job, and especially this case, plainly confirms the existence of evil in the world. In his quest for justice, Sullivan realizes the plodding, the prying, the obstaclesÖand the questioning, cannot only help solve a murder, it can also build on oneís inner faith.
Though based in the crime/detective genre, Parker breaks tradition by letting the reader know from the beginning the answer to the famed, ìwho done it?î Instead, he takes his readers on a ride-along of sorts, to watch Sullivan and his partner struggle to come to the conclusion readers already possess. But again, itís not about solving the crime. What Sullivan uncovers about the case is only a backdrop to what he found out about himself, human nature, and his Faith. According to the author, this is the much added value for readers.
ìSure, I want to offer an entertaining read, and early reception has been great,î Parker said of his novel. ìBut a real take away, that I hope people get from this book and what my characters work through is that, no matter how dark it is around you, you have to keep stepping forward. Life is hard, but you keep moving, and here, in this tale, are examples of how and why.î
Parker certainly has inside knowledge on the ingredients that can add up in a crime and/or detective novel. He is also a veteran law enforcement officer, having worked as a policeman and as a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for more than a decade. He uses this knowledge to effectively paint a picture of what can be expected in a modern-day criminal investigation.
A work of Christian fiction, If Good Men Do Nothing, uses the backdrop of small town politics to deliver a message of hope and perseverance. For more information about the signing, contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and ìwildî Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
Tripp Ham National Grand Champion ó again
April 7, 2014
His competitors may be tired of hearing the announcement by now ó “National Grand Champion ó Tripp Country Ham.” Yesterday, at the National Country Ham Association meeting in Paducah, Kentucky, Tripp Country Ham won, for the seventh time, America’s top award for country ham.
Tripp Country Ham is headquartered on South Washington Street in Brownsville and is owned by Judy and Charlie Tripp.
Election commission introduces new Internet site
April 2, 2014
The Haywood County Election Commission has a new Internet site, haywoodvotes.com.
The new site includes voter information. The May Metro Government ballot is among valuable information found on the site.
Two high school students win Southwest awards
April 2, 2014
Congratulations to Dannon Eubanks and Emma Baumheckel who are school winners in the Southwest Tennessee EMC Youth Tour†Short Story Contest. Both are juniors at HHS.
Emma won $75, and Dannon won a week-long, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC.